Get a grant of probate or letters of administration

You will usually need to get a grant of probate before you administer the will. 

Probate is a court order made by the Supreme Court of NSW which:

  • confirms that the will is valid 
  • permits the executor to distribute the estate as described in the will

Find out when you need a grant of probate.

If it’s required, you'll need to have a list of all assets before you submit your application.

Property cannot be distributed until you are granted probate. Learn more about applying for a grant of probate.

You’ll need to follow a different process if there was no valid will or if there were no executors named or able to act. This is known as applying for letters of administration.